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Algerian gets second chance

Taoufik Makhloufi.


LONDON – Algerian medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi was reinstated in the 1,500 metres today, hours after being thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800m heat.

“After reviewing evidence provided by the LOCOG medical officer, the disqualfication of (Taoufik Makhloufi) from further participation in the athletics competition of the 2012 Olympic Games has been revoked,”

Makhloufi, who won one of Sunday’s 1500m semi-finals, was forced to race in the 800m after Algeria failed to withdraw him before Sunday’s deadline.

The 24-year-old completed barely 200m of his heat before quitting.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said he had “not provided a bona fide effort” and would be “excluded from further events”.

Makhloufi lined up at the start of heat five, but quickly fell behind the rest of the field then stopped running and wandered across the infield.

“The referee considered that he had not provided a bona fide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition,” read the subsequent IAAF statement.

Makhloufi has been touted as a medal contender in the 1500m after surging past Olympic and world champion Asbel Kiprop in Sunday’s semi-final to record a time of three minutes, 42.24 seconds.

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